Cricket: Rain washes away Chesterfield’s chances of winning

Adam Bedford drive
Adam Bedford drive

Alvaston & Boulton CC 221 all out

Chesterfield CC 214-7

Rain ruined Chesterfield’s chances of victory at Derby on Saturday when they were close to winning despite the loss of ten overs in thier innings due to the weather.

The Chesterfield new ball bowlers took advantage of early conditions to dismiss the Alvaston openers.

Michael Deane bowled Steve Stubbings to extend his recurring success against the former Derbyshire batsman.

But from 27-2 it was another former Derbyshire player who posed problems for Chesterfield with Hassan Adnan batting through the innings.

However the loss of wickets at the other end left Alvaston struggling to post a big total as wickets went down to Simon Lacey (3-43) and Matt Higginbottom (3-58) with three batsmen run out in a calamitous closing scramble for runs.

Adnan finished on 89 not out but the target of 222 to win looked eminently achievable as Chesterfield recovered from the loss of two early wickets with a 112 run partnership between Ben Slater and Mykylo Bird.

The pair had taken the total on to 155-2 before Mykylo Bird was stumped for 43 but the loss of ten overs due to rain left Chesterfield looking for 67 runs off seven overs.

Slater upped the rate with a series of boundaries and Adam Bedford blasted a quick 28 which included two sixes off former New Zealand test bowler Iain O’Brien.

But the target proved beyond Chesterfield as they closed eight runs short on 214-7 and were left to rue the untimely intervention of rain.

Alvaston’s O’Brien (3-87) and Chris Stevenson (4-66) were the pick of the bowlers but it was Slater’s 107 that was the highlight of the day as the young Derbyshire opener continued his excellent early season form that may put him in contention for a call up to a county struggling in Division One of the championship.

Rain was a factor on Sunday when Chesterfield bowed out of the ECB cup on run rates after Wickersley compiled an impressive 253 for 8.

With rain threatening, Ben Slater (54) and Matt Fletcher (30) kept Chesterfield ahead of the required run rate but there was a loss of momentum with the loss of the openers.

When rain forced a premature end to the match, Chesterfield’s total of 134-5 left them behind the required rate and out of the competition as the visitors progressed to the next round.

Chesterfield return to Premier League action against Denby at Queen’s Park on Saturday. Alvaston & Boulton 13 points, Chesterfield 15 points.

Meanwhile, Chesterfield bowler Simon Lacey made history by becoming the first cricketer to take 500 wickets in the Derbyshire Premier.

The right arm off spinner took 3-43 in Saturday’s game away at Alvaston and Boulton, and in doing so surpassed the milestone.

Lacey played for Derbyshire County Cricket Club between 1997 and 2000 and was widely regarded as one of the best off-spinners of his day.

He will be commemorated by the league ahead of this Saturday’s game with Denby at Queen’s Park.

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